South Richmond Hill, NY

#1 Oct 29, 2006
Hi all! I am so glad there is a forum for this. I am a 56 year old female residing in NY. I was in the hospital for 6 days June 2005 with abdominal pain and diagnosed with diverticulitis in the sigmoid colon after CAT scan. That time I had chills and fever and moderate abdominal pain in the left lower side. Treament was 2 types of antibiotics and I was back to normal in about 5 days. In July this year I felt the same pain coming back so I went to the doctor and he gave me the same types of antibiotics (cipro and some other). I felt good after about a week. Now a surgeon is recommending planned laprascopic surgery. I am getting a second opinion because from what I have been reading in the forum, my case does not seem as severe as the others who had surgery. Any comments?


#2 Oct 29, 2006
Hi Seta,

It seems that once you get more than one attack they can become more frequent, once you have had your 3rd or 4th, they become easier to have. Once you reach this stage you may want to consider the surgery. From my first attack to surgery was 3.5 years. I am a 44 year old male and had the surgery in July, its not easy, but I feel great, now. I could not imagine having the surgery if I was 65 years old, the recovery would be bad. Do your homework, there are some horror stories on here about the surgery, I had several complications, and they had to convert from the laprascopic, and I got an infection, my hospital stay lasted 2.5 weeks. But I feel better than I have in a long time.
Mike Z


#3 Oct 30, 2006
Hi all,

Mike Z from Orlando back! I had my surgery on the 19th, and just feel well-enough to really sit comfortably and type. I had 14 inches removed, and come to find out, my colon was perfrorated and had been leaking "on to" my bladder for no one knows how long. It's been some rough terrain, this past week. Released on Wednesday after 6 days in bed. Thursday back at Dr's because infection in incision, back on Friday to get approximately 25 staples out. Pain has been the word of the day, but today, I actually consider it "manageable." I look back on this whole diverticulitis ordeal and ask myself how I lived like I did for the past year....with six or so bouts in between. My surgeon said I was a mess, but he "got all of it". It's way too early obviously to tell you how this is going to pan out, but I could not go on living (or lack thereof) the way I was. I can only remain optimistic about what the outcome will be....it has got to be better than the way I was. As Leo mentioned time and again, this was no cake walk. Let me ask this? Who is still on pain meds and what are you taking? How long were on on them after you had your procedure?

I'll be more than happy to answer any questions as know I have gotten the tee shirt.

Mike Z


#4 Oct 31, 2006
Welcome back Mike. I take it you were cut wide open like I was? I was on pain meds for about 2 weeks after I got home. That is about it. You will experince weird sensations all over you body especially in the stomach area. If you were cut right open, be carful and do not exert yourself.
You should start to feel normal again in about 2 weeks or so. Take it slow.
Mike Z


#5 Nov 1, 2006
Hey Leo,

Feeling better every day. Yup, wide open. Nasty scar that became infected, but it's OK now. Needed 26 staples to close me up. I'm really excited about the prospect of being well again.

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